And the deal gave Congress a face-saving way to end Project America.
Some "pragmatists" are troubled by the thought that this leaves no face-saving way for Iraq to get out.
And ever since, report the papers, the White House has been looking for a face-saving way to sign on.
We have made so many efforts to give the Iraqis a face-saving way to let them leave, but unfortunately it has become a political issue.
"This is a face-saving way to prevent the system from collapsing, and now we need time to think."
But this potential face-saving way out of the crisis was dismissed in Monday's papers, which reported that no deal had been reached.
It was just a matter of letting them find some face-saving way to do it.
The North, American officials said, was looking for face-saving ways to resume talks.
But some Haitian leaders are convinced that the army leadership is trying to find a face-saving way out of this crisis.
And today the Vladivostok court appeared to seek a face-saving way out.